Tea Meditation

This cup of tea in my two hands, mindfulness held perfectly. My mind and body dwell in the here and now. This tea meditation is practiced at a traditional tea ceremony. It is performed in noble silence. Drinking tea in noble silence, the tea becomes real with our mindfulness and we are fully aware of its taste. We allow the silence and the calmness to penetrate our flesh and bones. We allow the energy of tea and its mindfulness to penetrate our body and mind. We drink with silence, we communicate with silence, we understand each other with silence, we appreciate with silence. The Gold of Silence talks louder than any word. Tea is a gift from the earth, the sky, numerous living beings and much hard work. We shall drink with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive it. We shall enjoy every sip we take. Each sip is nourishing and healing. As we drink, imprint our gratitude and our love into the natural. We shall keep our compassion alive by sipping in such a way that we reduce the suffering of living beings. We shall leisurely sip the joy and peace from each cup, permeate the nurturing energy, nourish mindfulness with purified spirit, We are present with each sip. We give our full attention to tea, to others and ourselves. We enhance relationships with purified spirit, and cultivate relationships with tea, nature, harmony. We breathe in all the beauty and energy of the natural, and breathe out our suffering- our feelings of anger, hatred, fear, inadequacy and grief. We take our time as we drink, holding each sip at least 10 seconds, until your entire mouth is purified by the tea. This aids the real taste of tea. Let us enjoy every morsel of our tea and the presence. Let us establish ourselves in the present moment, be free from yesterday and free from tomorrow. Drinking in such a way that solidity, joy and peace are possible during this time of drinking. Practicing tea meditation is to be truly present to your relationship with tea, our friends and nature. We recognize that we can dwell happily in the present moment despite all of our sorrows and worries.